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04/23/2010 - 8:28pm
Patriots take Brandon Spikes
By: DJ Bean

 The Patriots have taken another Florida Gator, with inside linebacker Brandon Spikes the selection at No. 62 of the second round.


The 6-foot-3, 249-pound Spikes ran a 40-yard dash in five seconds flat but started for three years at Florida and had 307 tackles in his career. A Dick Butkus fan, Spikes wears No. 51. He was suspended in 2009 for an eye-gouging incident but was a defensive leader at Florida. For more on the NFL Draft, check the It Is What It Is blog. 

04/23/2010 - 7:58pm
Ortiz hits first home run of season

David Ortiz hit a Jeremy Guthrie 95 mph fastball over Fenway Park's left-center field wall for his first home run of the season, in the second inning of the Red Sox' series-opening game against the Orioles Friday night. It gave the Red Sox an early 1-0 lead.


Ortiz, who was hitting .167 after the homer, didn't hit a home run last season until May 20. It was Ortiz' first at-bat since Tuesday, when Red Sox manager Terry Francona pinch-hit for the designated hitter in the seventh inning. Ortiz spoke before the game about the importance of getting untracked.


“It was just embarrassing, getting pinch-hit for,” Ortiz said. “I understand. I’m not swinging the bat good, with a lefty and whatever. I’ve got to come through and do my thing and get that out of people’s heads. When I’m swinging the bat good that’s not going to happen. Basically it was a wake-up call to say, ‘You...

04/23/2010 - 7:45pm
Patriots take Cunningham at No. 53
By: DJ Bean

 Florida defensive end Jermaine Cunningham is the pick for the Patriots at No. 53. The 6-foot-3, 266-pound Cunningham figures to be an outside linebacker in the Patriots’ 3-4. In four years at Florida, Cunningham had 33 tackles for losses and 18.5 sacks. Cunningham has off-the-field issues, as he was arrested back in December for attacking a restaurant employee after being told he had to pay for a bag of chips. A quadriceps strain kept him from working out at the Combine or Florida’s Pro Day. For more on the NFL Draft, check the It Is What It Is blog.

04/23/2010 - 7:07pm
Patriots select Gronkowski at No. 42
By: DJ Bean

 The Patriots traded up two spots with the Raiders, going from No. 44 to No. 42 to select Arizona tight end Rob Gronkowski. The junior missed all of last year due to back surgery but had 10 touchdowns as a sophomore and is believed by many to be the most complete tight end in the draft. For more on Gronkowski and and the NFL Draft, check the It Is What It Is blog. 

04/23/2010 - 6:52pm
Stern checks in before Celts-Heat

NBA Commissioner David Stern is making the playoff rounds and he is in Miami tonight. On Thursday, Stern laid down law regarding coaches calling out officials in post-game press conferences. He reiterated that message before Game 3. "Some coaches are better than others at that and Doc [Rivers] has elevated it to an art form," Stern said. "He may wrap it in some high-flown language, but you can’t have 30 coaches doing that." Stern also had harsh words for Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy who called for the league to have back-to-back games in the playoffs. "I’ve got a coach with some time on his hands who think we should have back to backs," Stern said. "Well, he should have his owner call me and if he doesn’t want his owner to call me then he should be quiet."

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